RESIDENTS of a village in South Derbyshire are busy protecting their valuable household items and presents from burglary in the run up to Christmas by using forensic marking product SelectaDNA.
Police are hoping that SelectaDNA will not only help catch thieves trying to target the vulnerable in the festive season, but it will also help to reunite people with their stolen property.
The DNA marking kits are being offered to those living in the village of Castle Gresley by the Safer South Derbyshire Partnership, which includes the local police and District Council, as well as community and voluntary groups.
SelectaDNA comes in a kit containing a bottle of DNA solution that can be easily applied to any items of value. The unique DNA code in the solution links each item to an individual address, meaning that if an item is stolen and later found by police it can be traced directly back to the owner.
Safer Communities Manager Chris Smith, from the Safer South Derbyshire Partnership, said: “We sent letters to residents in the village asking them if they would like to have their property marked and we have had a very positive response.”
He continued: “Officers and partner agencies have been going door-to-door offering the kits to residents and helping them to mark-up high value items in their homes. We have already marked valuable items such as TVs, phones, jewellery and laptops at over 250 properties. At the same time, officers have also been conducting safety questionnaires asking residents about any other concerns they may have.”
Paul Cannon, Section Inspector for Derby South, said: “The main aim is to try to reduce the number of burglaries in the run-up to Christmas. The message we want to get across is if burglars break into a house in South Derbyshire over the festive period we will be able to trace the crime back to them. SelectaDNA is a proven deterrent and if suspects are caught in possession of marked items it could lead to arrests.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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